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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Gilead

(

GILD

) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Gilead as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • GILD has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $2.5 billion.
  • GILD traded 49,864 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:00 AM.
  • GILD is up 2.1% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on GILD:

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. GILD has a PE ratio of 16.2. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Gilead has been 17.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gilead has a market cap of $137.7 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 1.11 and a short float of 3.7% with 2.12 days to cover. Shares are up 21.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Gilead as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • GILD's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 39.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 117.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • GILEAD SCIENCES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GILEAD SCIENCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.83 versus $1.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.96 versus $1.83).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income increased by 246.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $788.61 million to $2,731.27 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, GILEAD SCIENCES INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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